I think the reason my chickens are going through so much food is because rats are eating a lot of it. I set out spring traps and usually catch 10 or so, before they get wise. Then I have to wait a few weeks until they get dumb again. I am hesitant to poison them. Should I be? Besides the chickens, I have a guard dog, lots of pet dogs and cats, a pig, goats, sheep, and rabbits. Obviously I can prevent the animals from getting at the poison itself, but what about the dead rats? What is a death bucket? When I had squirrels in my basement, I filled a 5 gallon bucket half full of water and poured in a layer of sunflower seeds. The squirrels jumped in the water and drowned. Difficult to do that with as cold as it is.